ObservaTIC | Protecting Personal Data in the Digital Economy in Latin America
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Protecting Personal Data in the Digital Economy in Latin America


This project addresses private sector use of personal data for platform business models in the Latin American context through advancing a new field of study called Citizen Data Audits (CDA). This term was coined by Dr. Katherine Reilly in 2018 (Reilly and Muñoz 2019) to describe citizen-driven studies of how private actors gather, use and leverage personal data; whether they are doing so according to the law; and whether their activities reflect community values and desires. In this project the proposing institution, ObservaTIC in Uruguay, plus four partner organizations, Derechos Digitales in Chile, Fundación Karisma in Colombia, TEDIC in Paraguay and HiperDerecho in Peru, will work with community stakeholders to study specific instances of platformization of services. The purpose of these studies is to 1) enhance the CDA model, and 2) use it to better understand how ?technological advances are having a profound effect on people?s livelihoods, quality of life and civil rights? (Networked Economies Program Statement), and 3) identify implications for national data policy regimes. Through their participation in this project, citizens will gain digital literacy, digital rights organizations will learn new research methods and deepen their understanding of the platform economy, and policy makers will receive important feedback about regulatory frameworks for the platform economy.